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<br />Michelle McConnell <br /> <br />Sent:Thursday, May 06, 2010 11:07 AM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Jefferson County Shoreline Master Plan Comments May 6, 2010 <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Dear Mr Stewart <br /> <br />Please accept this message as my Public Testiomony and Comments on the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Plan. <br /> <br />I have lived in Jefferson County for the past ten years. Previous to cominghere I have had an opportunity to live in <br />shoreline and riparian areas in the Northeastern, Southeastern and Southwestern quadrants of the United States. In <br />nearly every case of my having revisited the favorite outdoors places of my childhood, later as an adult, I found those <br />places filled, paved and developed. The old beach near Larchmont NY, that was the only little local (free) place that we <br />had access as kids to Long Island Sound, where we launched all manner of craft and fished, swam etc, had been fenced <br />off, filled in and paved for parking. The pavement led directly to the waters edg. Local residents lamented the loss of <br />access, the diminished quality of habitat, and the disappearance of annual forage species and fin fish species, and the <br />loss of shellfishing opportunity. In Inverness Florida I saw a once vast swampland and lake, a place that had supported <br />huge numbers of migratory waterfowl, alligators, bass and baitfish, indigenous birds, cypress trees etc, all developed into <br />a complex of shoulder to shoulder luxury homes, with "exclusive private access" to what was left of the original lake, now <br />a tenth of its original size, and bordered completey by lawns and a golfcourse. I did not see a single boat. They told me <br />that the bass, ducks and alligators were gone. I can relate countless experiences of this in my 56 years lifetime- instances <br />where development interests took control of critical habitats and destroyed the once functional ecology of those places. <br />One only has to walk the bulkheaded and barricaded shorelines of Puget Sound, especially South Sound, to see the <br />impacts here. <br /> <br />If we have l;earned anything it is that the farther away from the water's edge that we develop or disturb soils and <br />groundwater, the less that we interrupt natural sediment transport in waterways, and the less we change critical fish and <br />wildlife habitats; the healthier the ecology of those places remains. This protects our own health. The lack of foresight and <br />the absence of science based planning that allowed nearly unchecked development of our shorelines has lead to tragic <br />losses in fisheries, wildlive and habitat quality. All of this has landed on the human residents as well, and as each <br />generation has passed on the known first hand history of a once healthy and abundant world has become nothing but a <br />distant reference in the back books. <br /> <br />I support the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Plan in entirety. My only qualificatiopn to this support would be that I <br />believe that the 150 foot setbacks are not enough- I feel that the buffers should be set well beyond that distance. I came <br />here for the wilderness and the fish and the beauty of this place. I have worked as a volunteer in the WSU Water <br />programs here, and I support a number of WDFW Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group efforts here as a field <br />volunteer. I see what w ehave here and I want to take a role in supporting and conserving and even preserving it. Having <br />seen the losses as a consequence of ignoring this, I learned the lesson. <br /> <br />Sincerely, <br /> <br />Robert L. Triggs <br />PO Box 261 <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br />360-385-9618 <br />1 <br />